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Monday, October 10, 2011

Melt-Banana -- Kansas City, MO -- October 9th, 2011

Such a fun show! Melt-Banana is a legendary band and one of the pioneers for current noise rock/punk/grindcore. Seriously, if you are serious about any of those genre's, you need to know Melt-Banana.

This was the most sound I've ever heard a four-piece band make. I was most impressed by the guitarist, Ichirou. He had a ton of pedals, and each one just produced more and more noises from his amps. At points he would glitch his guitar to make it sound like it was on the verge of exploding. Totally awesome. Another great thing he did was slowly building up his guitar riffs to their climax and right as soon as he hit that note, his rig overloaded and just blasted feedback for a split second before launching back into the song. Absolutely amazing. Yasuko is also a very unique vocalist but works extremely well with Melt-Banana's crazy song structure! The bass player was also super tiny but one of the fastest bass players I've seen! I know they don't have a permanent drummer, but it amazes me that there must be multiple people who can drum Melt-Banana tracks. That takes some skills. But yeah, crazy show. Tons of moshing and everyone was having a great time. We got an encore too, which I don't think was planned because they were turning on the lights. So much fun!

Melt-Banana (extremely partial/out-of-order)

A Dreamer Who Is Too Weak To Face Up To
Spider Snipe
Screw, Loose
Cat Brain Land
Plasma Gate Quest
Monkey Man (Toots and the Maytalls)
Lost Parts Stinging Me So Cold
Shield for Your Eyes, A Beast in the Well on Your Hand
Lost Parts Stinging Me So Cold
8 Short Songs (literally, 8 songs one after the other including introductions, with each song less than a minute)
Blank Page Of The Blind (end set)
What A Wonderful World (B.B. King cover)

Melt-Banana: 9.5/10

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